任克達、麥雅麗宣教士代禱信(2017年8月)

親愛的代禱夥伴:

感謝主,我們在美河鎮的事工結了果子——郭姐妹七月初在德班教會受洗歸入基督。我們在四年前有機會見到她,並且贈送福音小冊和詩歌光碟給她,從那時起我們就斷斷續續的與她聯絡。她要輔助丈夫龐大的事業及照顧家庭,空閒日子不多;由於美河鎮與德班相距兩個小時的車程,我們僅能在她不忙碌時探訪她和她的丈夫。從人來看似乎進展很慢,但所撒下的福音種子,時候到了必能收割。郭姐妹稟賦聰穎過人,能力超强,別人解決不了的事,她能想出辨法;人家辦不到的事,她可以辦得到。她自視很高,相信沒有自己辦不到的事,除了月亮沒摘下來,其它的事她都能做到。後來因為小女兒的病使她束手無策,在人無法解決;走到盡頭時,她轉向真神,祈求神的幫助。感謝神,她的女兒從疾病中康復而且信主。雖有如此經歷,但仍有一些信仰真理的問題使她徘徊,她不確定是否立刻就需要這位大能的神成為她個人一生的救主,還是有許多問題需要明瞭,而她的工作和環境限制了她尋求真理的機會。就這樣她將認識神的事擔擱下來,沒想到在她最孤立的時候,我們竟然出現在美河鎮她丈夫管理的工廠。神將我們帶去,神再次的召喚她。我們分享了在南非事工中許多弟兄姐妹的見證及個人經歷去幫助她,我們為她得救向主祈求,不斷的付出,幫助她心中的種子成長。感謝主拯救了她!傳福音的訣竅就是忠心的去做,不論在人來看是否是最好的機會。主要我們忠心事工,神安排在最美好的時候,成就最美好的事。相信在你的身旁也有需要明白真理的人,像埃提阿伯的太監一樣,他需要你像腓利一樣聽主的話。起身去做!你願意嗎?

南非有三、四十萬華人在這裡生活。華人事工經過二十多年許多宣教士的努力,在不少的城鎮被建立起來。只是,沒有宣教士駐守的呢!為此,我們有三分之二的時間在別的城鎮中服侍。誰來承傳這裡被建立起的事工呢?我們需要多位宣教士來接下一棒的工作。請你為南非工場需要的工人代禱。

僇姐妹去年受洗後就被調移去萊索托王國工作,最近返回南非的工廠來幫忙生產。主日和她閒談,了解到她在主裡的長進。由於工作的繁忙及沒有交通工具,她無法去教堂聚會,只能藉著手機聽詩歌及讀一些屬靈的文章。在工作中有許多壓力和困難,她都靠著禱告渡過。她說:「感謝主,我有主可依靠。」她的眼神像是個經歷風暴的老練水手般肯定。我們感謝信實的神,保守她的信心不斷成長。她也感謝主讓她的丈夫支持她信主,她的丈夫比她較有文化,常讀一些基督教的文章並解釋給她聽。這個月底她將再返回萊索托王國工作,我們就送給她一本串珠註解本聖經幫助她學習。請你為她的丈夫丁愛華信主禱告。傳福音最喜樂的就是看見你所傳的人,不僅信主,還能在主裡信心不移的繼續成長。他們真的是得到福音的好處。

 

 代禱事項:

  1. 請為南非工場需要的工人代禱。
  2. 請為姐妹及姐妹未信主的丈夫早日得救禱告,求主為我們開路能與他們分享福音。
  3. 感謝主,我們已搬遷到開普敦的大學附近居住。求主幫助我們在大學地區建立聚會點。也為開普敦青年人事工代禱。許多青年人需要認識主,需要一個屬靈的家。
  4. 請為在開普敦教會北區的查經班及斯泰倫博斯的聚會穩定代禱。
  5. 請為紐卡索在每月兩次星期四、五晚上的聚會,及白天參加基要課程與門徒訓練的弟兄姐妹代禱,求主使用課程幫助大家學習長進。
  6. 請繼續為德班教會的慕道朋友早日信主禱告。
  7. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

 

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克達、雅麗
二零一七年八月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

Praise the Lord!  Our outreach in Mooi River came to harvest!  Sister Kuo was baptized on the first Sunday of July!  We had the opportunity of meeting Sister Kuo about four years ago.  We gave her gospel tracts and music DVD’s and kept sporadic contacts with her.  Due to her busy schedule in assisting her husband in the big business, we could only visit her and her husband once in a while.  The progress might seem slow, but in due time, the seed began to sprout and came to fruition.

Sister Kuo is an extremely smart and capable person.  She used to be so confident of her own ability that she believed there was nothing impossible to her.  However, when her daughter was sick and the doctors were unable to help, she felt powerless for the first time in her life.  At that point, she turned to God.  Her daughter experienced God’s divine power and was healed; she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior.  However, Sister Kuo still had reservations as she had some questions needed to be answered; her work soon occupied her life, and her quest for truth was set aside.  We appeared at their factory when she felt deeply isolated.  God called on her again through our encounters.  We shared with her numerous testimonies of God’s love and faithfulness; we prayed for her; we continued to nurture the seed of the gospel to grow.  We were so excited when she decided to be baptized!  The key to mission is being faithful, whether circumstances look hopeful or not.  The Lord only asks for our faithfulness; and He will make things beautiful in His time!  There are people around you who need to know the truth.  Like the Ethiopian eunuch, he needs you to be as obedient to the Lord as Philip.  Would you be willing to go?

There are around 400,000 Chinese in South Africa.  After twenty years of evangelistic efforts of many missionaries, ministries were established in different towns and cities.  Nevertheless, the number of missionaries was not enough to care for all the existing churches and fellowships.  As a result, we need to be on the road 2/3 of the time every month.  Who would come to share the load?  Please pray for more workers in this mission field.

Sister Miao was transferred to Lesotho soon after she was baptized last year.  She came back for a short time last month.  We chatted with her after worship service and were happy to notice her spiritual growth.  Despite the difficulties in attending church, she is able to sustain and grow in her faith through diligent learning over the internet.  She shared with us that she overcame many pressure and hardship in work through prayer.  She is so thankful to have Christ in her life as her refuge.  We could see it in her eyes the confidence of a “seasoned sailor.”  She is also grateful that her husband is very supportive of her faith.  Since he had a higher educational background, he would search out Christian literature and explain them to her.  As she will be returning to Lesotho by the end of this month, we gave her a reference Bible for more in-depth study.  Please pray for the salvation of her husband, Mr. Ding.  The joy of mission is seeing people grasp the essence of the gospel and lives being transformed.

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. May the Lord send more workers to South Africa.
  2. Please pray for the salvation of Sister Kuo and Sister Miao’s husbands.
  3. We thank God for leading us to move into a new apartment close to the Cape Town university campus. May the Lord guide us in establishing the student ministry in Cape Town.
  4. Please pray for the on-going Bible study meetings in northern Cape Town and in Stellenbosch.
  5. Please pray for Newcastle’s Bible study meetings on the first two Thursday and Friday evenings as well as day time one-on-one discipleship trainings. May our brothers and sisters grow in faith and love.
  6. Please continue to pray for the seekers in Durban that they will accept the Lord as their personal Savior.
  7. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

 

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

感謝主,文瀚和兩個孩子柏謙、柏翹順利在7月4日回港工作匯報。兩個孩子留港約三星期,後又平安回到南非,繼續學業。這次更是他們首次自行乘坐飛機回南非,感恩的是整個過程都順利,過南非關卡時,並無遇上困難。文瀚會留港至8月31日,在不同教會分享宣教異象,求神使用。

玉潔的簽証仍在等候中。但萬事互相效力,玉潔留在南非等候簽証期間,神安排她有機會認識一位中文老師。這位老師有豐富幼兒中文教學經驗,並操流利普通話,玉潔把握機會邀請她為中文學校的孩子開設一個為期五天的<拼音密集班>,參與的孩子獲益良多,為拼音打好基礎,感謝主的預備。

中文學校在8月6日開始新學期,小學級的同學更增加一節的上課時間。老師方面,有一位老師離開,神又預備另一位老師補上,還預備一位教成人英文班的老師。感謝主過去兩年的帶領,由零開始的中文學校,可算漸漸上了軌道,也被當地華人所接受和支持。家長中有逾八成是未信主的,這真是一道「敞開的門」,我們要把握機會向他們見証基督的愛和分享福音。求神繼續差派合適的老師,無論是短期或長期的,在這已經熟了的禾場上服事主。

五月底,我們再去東倫敦(East London)探訪佈道,並認識幾個信徒家庭,他們都樂意在微信群裡一同查經。求神繼續帶領日後的探訪佈道,讓神的福音能傳遍東倫敦及附近的華人社群中,高舉基督,建立教會。

長者團契弟兄姊妹雖然人數不多,但是他們仍繼續隔週聚會,敬拜主,學習神的話,互相代禱,實在是美好的團契。更值得欣賞的是他們的好學,有時還發問一些較深的聖經問題,他們熱情款待短宣隊,還時時記住他們的名字。為他們的生命感謝主!

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長者團契

大兒子柏廉仍在等候香港的大學的非聯招放榜消息。求神引導他的前路。


代禱事項:

  1. 為文瀚在港的工作匯報繼續禱告,求神使用,傳遞宣教異象。
  2. 為中文學校的老師和教學工作,並家長的福音工作祈禱,求神堅固他們手所作的工。
  3. 為柏廉報考大學的過程祈禱,求神預備和供應各方面的需要。
  4. 為東倫敦及伊港附近小鎮的福音工作祈禱,讓福音能傳遍各地。

主僕
文瀚、玉潔偕
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹
2/8/2017

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各位親愛的禱伴平安:

2017年轉眼間已過了一半,七月份是南非的深冬時節,清晨和晚間的氣溫較低,白天日照時卻感到很溫暖,溫差有時變化很大。這使我們聯想到這位慈愛主信實無變,祂一直帶領我們走這條宣教路,在祂沒有轉動的影兒,心中洋溢感恩,也謝謝您們多年來不離不棄為我們擺上禱告。

感謝神今年六月中旬「中福團駐南非宣教士年會」在約堡舉行,接著是為期兩天的「領袖訓練營」,講員為本團總幹事朱昌錂牧師,與會者均從不同的城市前來參加,大家在會中得著不少激勵和啟發。朱牧師更在宣教的領域上分享了豐富的經驗,叫信徒們獲益良多,更有信心承擔神託付的使命,提高領導的效能。

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自今年三月份在約堡北區成立了家庭小組,組員既可在融洽的氣氛下學習聖經,又可享受在主內的團契生活,互相代求。有些慕道朋友向我們反映,很享受小組的生活,因為小組的包容性較大,可以很輕鬆的分享。雖然組員沒有向未信主的朋友直接傳福音,但組員的生命卻感染了一些新朋友願意留下來,確是達到「生命影響生命」的果效。有見及此,我們計劃八月份在約堡東區開展另一個家庭小組,這樣可以接觸東區的人群,透過小組發揮教會的功能。

南非學校從七月初開始了三週的寒假,姊妹們都不想窩在家中白白讓假期溜走,所以姊妹查經小組的組員也趁著長假期在週間安排了一天的活動,設計了一些親子遊戲。孰料旅遊那天,當媽媽們帶著孩子甫踏入公園,小朋友看到鞦韆高架等玩意,就如脫韁野馬直奔前去。

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我們成年人只能席地而坐,一邊看著孩子們玩耍,一邊談談理想,聊聊信主後的人生。突然一位小女孩哭著來找媽媽,說有另一位小男孩說她是「大壞蛋」。後來這位小男孩親自跑過來「投案」,並向小女孩道歉,最後他們又歡喜快樂的玩在一起了。難怪主耶穌說人要回轉像小孩子,他們的不計較、謙卑和單純都是我們要學習的功課。

感恩及代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,約堡福音教會成立六週年,現定於八月二十日舉行「戶外感恩崇拜」。請為天氣,各項籌備及安排代禱。
  2. 請為約堡教會各小組代禱,人數和靈性均可增長。
  3. 請記念孩子們經過三週的寒假能重新得力,七月二十四開始本學年的第三季,求主賜孩子們有追求學習的心。
  4. 求主更新我們的心意,使我們有美好的靈性,牧養及帶領羊群。
  5. 請支持我們的宣教經費,今年一至七月已不敷港幣83,000元。求主供應。

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國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎敬上

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

感謝主,香港宣道會海怡堂主任劉立武牧師師母和利福堂徐美影傳道帶領五位姊妹,一行八人參與這次聯合短宣行程。他們在4月8-17日順利在紐卡索、伊港、Uitenhage不同城巿,完成各項活動:兒童活動、青少年活動、家長講座、培靈會和復活節崇拜等。難得的是回應了紐卡索教會的臨時請求,加入兩節「兒童主日學老師培訓」環節。雖然行程緊湊,但各人都各按專長,積極參與各項事奉。這次也是兩間教會第一次嘗試一同合作來南非短宣,真是一個美好的體驗。短宣期間我們各人用「當天的關鍵字」分享每天的感受和經歷,求神讓短宣經歷深化在各人心裡,也化為動力,繼續為宣教工作祈禱,並努力去尋求神在各人身上的心意,宣教禾場之大,實在需要有心作「長宣」的人去回應。

 

中文學校準備增加上課時間,從剛完成的問卷調查中,得知很多家長都表達這想法,所以我們計劃增加一節的上課時間,變成每週三節。請為這事祈禱,求神供應更多老師,以作配合。感謝香港教會的支持,藉著過去兩隊短宣隊,送來很多印刷精美的中文圖書,供學生借閱,孩子們十分喜歡閱讀,積極借閱,有些是爸媽陪讀,有些是自己閱讀。

 

有一個星期一接到伊港海員事工負責人的電話,知道有一位中國船員因身體不適,要上岸治療,他需要翻譯,於是我們到醫院了解情況。原來船員小張在貨船途經西非期間染上瘧疾,到伊港時身體虛弱,需要在加護病房治理。感謝主,幾天後,身體漸漸恢復過來。在探訪期間,我們有機會跟他傳福音,他也願意開口祈禱認罪並接受主,我們陪他讀聖經,並教他如何開口祈禱,他已於週一(5月8日)平安坐飛機回中國,求神堅固他的信心。

 

我們繼續探索東倫敦(East London)的福音工作。上月我和一位弟兄去作探訪佈道,漸漸跟他們熟悉,當中有幾個信徒家庭,都願意開放尋求真理。求神繼續帶領這工作。請為我們祈禱。

 

 

謝謝短宣隊送贈的中文圖書

謝謝短宣隊送贈的中文圖書

 

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東倫敦的中國批發城


今年7月至8月期間,我們將會回香港述職,玉潔師母和孩子因南非學校開學緣故,需要提早7月22日回南非,而文瀚會留港直到8月31日。我們期望能和眾弟兄姊妹分享神的恩典和作為,傳遞宣教異象,求神使用。也請記念我們的經費,深信神必供應所需。

 

代禱事項:

  1. 為四月短宣隊順利完成感恩,求神繼續把宣教的心傳遞出去。
  2. 為船員小張回國的適應和信心祈禱,求神堅固他的工。
  3. 為中文學校的教學並家長的福音工作祈禱。
  4. 為柏廉報考大學的過程祈禱,求神預備和供應各方面的需要。

主僕
文瀚、玉潔偕
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹
10/5/2017

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

 

來到開普敦事奉後,我們了解到開普敦華人事工有一個缺環,就是第二代華人的事工。有華人信徒的第二代因為語言和文化的差距,和在華人的教會中沒有歸屬感,他們隨著年齡的增長而漸漸從教會消失。上個主日,教會一位姐妹為著她的女兒(在南非長大的專業青年)愁煩,因為她的女兒很失落,為要尋找人生的答案嘗試過瑜珈術,也看過心理醫生,也參加了幾次當地英語教會的聚會,但都沒有什麼得著!

整體來說,南非第二代華人是一個沒有被福音傳到的群體。他們需要有人引領他們信主,幫助他們成為一隊強而有力的生力軍,以明確的人生目標和積極的人生態度來活出生命之道、為主作見證。他們信仰的見證將能震憾他們的群體。此外,開普敦大學和附近的斯泰倫博斯大學(Stellenbosch University)是華人第二代大學教育的最主要學府,也有不少海外的華人學生就讀。開普敦雙語第二代的莊稼已白,主的工人你在哪裡?

感謝主,從這個月開始,我們在開普敦以西四十分鐘外的大學城——斯泰倫博斯開始了一個小組聚會。我們在大學張貼海報,並且去探訪在城裡主街上開店的華人。目前我們在一對基督徒夫婦的家中聚會,感恩主的預備。請為我們的同工代禱,求主恩待並磨造他們成為福音的精兵,忠心事主。也為邀請的工作、聚會的模式和長久聚會的場所代禱。

復活節當天范姐妹受洗歸入基督。她在中國受唯物論的教育,但成長生活的一些奇特經歷使她一直知道人有靈魂。在南非工作時,她才接觸到基督教和福音。她曾面臨一些屬靈的爭戰,最後堅決要接受拯救,歸入基督。她近期將返回中國,請為她禱告,求主引領她在中國找到合適的教會,使她能繼續成長。

教會中有幾位弟兄姐妹有潛力作領袖服事教會,我們用研討課程幫助他們成長。感謝主,這兩個月的學習,看見他們認真花時間做功課,勤力學習和研討。請為這幾位弟兄姐妹代禱,求主賜給他們時間和智慧學習,明白神對祂忠心僕人的心意。

 

代禱事項:

  1. 求主幫助我們能和教會中的社青信徒有更好的互動,能組識及建立社青的事工。
  2. 求主引領我們在大學城斯泰倫博斯開始的福音事工。
  3. 求主引領范姐妹回中國後靈命成長的道路。
  4. 為來參加受難日特別聚會的兩位慕道友代禱,求主繼續在他們心中動工,感化他們。
  5. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

 

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零一七年四月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

 

After a few months in Cape Town, we realize that there is a great need among Chinese young adults.  In addition, the second generation of the Chinese Christians in South Africa finds it hard to have a sense of belonging in their parents’ churches.  As they become independent adults, they slowly disappear from the church.  Last Sunday, one sister lamented about her daughter’s (a 30-something Chinese who grew up in South Africa) search for help in her life.  She tried Yoga; she had counseling sessions with a psychologist; she even attended a local church a couple times.  She is still as lost as before!

 

In a broader sense, the young Chinese community is an unreached group.  They need someone to lead them to Christ and join together to be a dynamic group with a clear life purpose and positive influence in their community—being witnesses of Jesus Christ by living out the Word of life.  In addition to University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University nearby is also one of the top picks for tertiary education in the Chinese community.  There are also a great number of international students from Asia.  The bilingual second generation Chinese is ripe for harvest.  Where are God’s workers?

 

Praise God!  This week we held our first Bible study meeting in Stellenbosch (40-minute drive from Cape Town).  We posted flyers in the student center and visited some Chinese shop owners on the town’s main street.  Currently, we meet in the home of a Chinese Christian couple.  We thank God for His providence.  May the Lord bless them and equip them to be His faithful mighty warriors.  Please pray for our visitations and give us wisdom in leading the group as well as finding a permanent venue for future meetings.

 

Sister Fan was baptized on Easter Sunday.  She grew up in China and was taught the philosophy of materialism (physical matter is the whole of reality).  Yet she had some unusual encounters that made her aware of the existence of the spiritual world.  Due to her employment in South Africa, she had the chance to come to know Christianity and understand the gospel.  After she accepted Christ and decided to be baptized, she experienced great spiritual struggles.  Christ won!  She will be returning to China soon.  Please pray for her finding a suitable church back home and her continued growth in faith.

 

There are a few brothers and sisters who have potentials to be leaders to serve in the church.  We started a leaders training program for them two months ago.  We thank God for their efforts in completing their homework, thoughtful learning and discussions.  May the Lord help them find enough time to study and grant them insight to understand His heart for faithful servants.

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. May the Lord help us in building a good rapport with the young adults in the Cape Town church and lead us in starting a Chinese young adult ministry.
  2. May the Lord guide us in the new outreach ministry in Stellenbosch.
  3. Please pray for Sister Fan’s continued growth in faith.
  4. Please pray for the two newcomers who attended our special outreach meeting on Good Friday. May the Holy Spirit continue to work in their hearts to seek God’s salvation.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

 

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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各位親愛的禱伴平安:

自從一月中從香港回到南非,晃眼間已有三個月了。在香港時可以與家人朋友共聚,又能向支持教會作宣教事工報告及與弟兄姊妹建立更深厚的情誼,我們為著有這一段美好的時光感謝神。

譚國權、何詠湘宣教士夫婦近照

 

南非—約翰尼斯堡(Johannesburg)

返回南非後,我們就開始落實一些新計劃,首先是開展了在約堡北區一個小組,這個小組以家庭為主,有兩對弟兄夫婦願意輪流開放自己的家作為聚會點,為主所用。

儒家強調「國之本為家」的觀念,可見「家」在華人的心目中是何等重要,特別是身處海外長年飄泊的華人,「家」更是一個有歸屬感且溫馨,又有人聆聽及關心的地方,這也是一個向人傳福音的理想場地。

在家中聚會可以吸引許多未信主的新朋友,因為沒有在教堂的活動那麼正式,大家可感受到較輕鬆的氣氛,彼此代禱、唱詩、學習聖經、作見證、生命經驗交流,人與人之間的距離也就拉近了。

 

在家中聚會

在家中聚會

 

在家中聚會

在家中聚會

 

為萊索托禱告

為萊索托禱告

萊索托—馬步咀(Maputsoe)

萊索托無論是西部的低地玉米田至東部被冰雪覆蓋的山頂,幾乎每一個小鎮都散居著一些華人。華人多來自台灣及中國大陸,他們經營店鋪或製衣企業。然而,萊索托近年經濟萎縮,幣值下滑,很多華人無法經營生意;加上政府對華人政策收緊,申辦簽証困難,又向華商大幅徵收稅款,迫使很多華人離開返回國內謀生,萊索托教會的聚會人數也因此受到影響。我們本在一位弟兄的超市內聚會,因著生意長期虧損,弟兄決定把生意出讓,我們現已改在另一位弟兄的家中聚會了。

 

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝神,約堡北區家庭小組組員出席情況穩定,求神賜各人能以生命見證信仰,並堅固新組員的信心。
  2. 請記念14日(Good Friday)約堡教會舉行受苦節聚會,再思得蒙拯救的恩典,體會主愛的偉大。
  3. 萊索托華人因著政府提高稅收,有華人團體已找代表跟政府談判,求神保守會議能達成好的結果。
  4. 因著我們只能每月一次到萊索托負責事工,請為其餘的日子,弟兄姊妹們能彼此關顧,互相勉勵禱告。
  5. 我們2016年的宣教經費尚欠港幣162,608元,請按感動回應。也請為我們有足夠的經費支持代禱。
萊索托教會戶外崇拜

萊索托教會戶外崇拜

萊索托教會戶外崇拜

萊索托教會戶外崇拜

願主基督復活的大能與您們同在!

您的同路人
國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

感謝主,1月27日至2月4日香港懷恩浸信教會李國雄牧師和兩位姊妹,連同耀興福音堂的一位弟兄,一行四人來伊港順利完成短宣服事。在華人十分重視的春節期間,為我們舉辦「春節慶祝會」、「佈道主日」、「家庭講座」,以及到不同地方探訪華人。在大年初一,探訪了幾位老華僑並中文學校的家長,向他們拜年,分享見証和傳福音。其中一天我們去附近小鎮Jeffrey’s Bay和Humansdorp探訪並傳福音,那裡的華人對福音有正面回應決志信主,有願意聽的心。願神把福音種子撒在各人心中,也願宣教的火繼續在香港教會中燃燒起來。短宣雖已過,但神的靈仍在工作。在Jeffrey’s Bay和Humansdorp都有基督徒,他們希望有定期聚會,並一同查考聖經。我們正安排定期探訪和聚會。請為我們祈禱。

 

中文學校2月5日正式開始今年的教學工作。感謝神預備了一位家長作幼兒班的新老師,求神使用每一位老師。不少家長都希望子女能增加學習中文的時間,我們作了一份問卷調查,盼望能更多了解各家長的想法,並思想中文學校的發展方向。請為這事祈禱,求神供應更多老師,以作配合。

 

我們採用「五色佈道法」來傳福音,也教導弟兄姊妹用它來佈道探訪。聽道者反應很好,大多都能因此明白福音,有的還決志信耶穌,求神使用這些方法,把人帶到神面前。

 

東倫敦的華人批發城

東倫敦的華人批發城

離開伊麗莎白港300公里的東倫敦(East London)是東開普省另一個大城巿,那裡有兩個華人批發城,每個平均有三、四十家中國店,附近的小鎮(如:King William’s Town)有不少華人經常到東倫敦進貨,因此進出此城的華人很多。按了解,當地華人商會、中文學校和警民合作中心已經成立,可算是一個華人集中的城巿,然而當地尚未有一間華人教會。我們最近探訪過當地一些信徒,他們都表示希望能有一個華人教會的聚會點。我們計劃一個月去一次探訪佈道,期望能開設聚會點,請為我們祈禱。感謝主,祂開了很多傳福音的門,這些成熟的莊稼正等待工人去收割,求主打發工人去收莊稼。

 

 

今年復活節4月8-17日有香港宣道會利福堂和海怡堂聯合的訪宣隊,求神使用他們的事奉。在紐卡索、伊港、Uitenhage不同城巿,負責各項活動:兒童活動、青少年活動、家長講座、培靈會和復活節崇拜,讓主的福音能得以傳開,並把宣教的異象放在更多人的心中。

 

代禱事項:

  1. 為過去一月短宣隊順利完成感恩。求神繼續把宣教的心傳遞出去。
  2. 為伊港的佈道工作和跟進工作祈禱,求神堅固祂的工。
  3. 為四月短宣隊的事奉祈禱,求神加添精神體力,讓各人能同心合意地事奉,榮耀歸給神。
  4. 為中文學校新一年的教學並家長的福音工作祈禱。
  5. 為柏廉報考大學的過程祈禱,求神預備和供應各方面的需要。
  6. 我們2016年的宣教經費尚欠港幣52,750元,求主供應。

 

主僕
文瀚、玉潔偕
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹
(jesbento@fastmail.fm)
28/3/2017

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

最近有三位姐妹信主。她們信主的過程都不相同,但是,都是因為得到基督徒愛心的幫助,以及信徒在主前的代求,成就了美好的事。

顧姐妹的妹妹是個熱心傳福音的信徒,為姐姐能夠信主,與帶領她信主的印度裔馬利亞姐妹十多年來一直為姐姐信主同心祈求,並且勸她信主。但顧姐妹拜佛多年,她固定會去參加佛堂的各項活動,並且從台灣買來高價的偶像參拜。雖然我們有機會與她交談,但是無法和她談福音,因為她都會很禮貌而且直接的回絕你。雖然她的心被蒙蔽,但主仍要拯救她。主藉著她的獨生女兒的病,讓她看見神的大能和眷顧。她女兒生了一個很特別血不凝固的病,兩年來嘗試了各樣的方法都沒有治好,嚴重時甚至要到醫院做脊椎穿刺,一家人都心力交瘁。在她女兒血小板指數落到個位數字時,在人的盡頭,她的心被軟化了,她轉向真神,她向神呼求醫治她的女兒,主應允了她!她女兒的血小板神奇的回升,(現今她女兒血小板已回復正常指數),顧姐妹立刻決定信主,要離棄偶像。那天我們帶著教會的同工、她的親妹妹和馬利亞姐妹去除偶像,也為他們住屋及工廠潔淨和祝福。在她做決志禱告時,她的淚水不住的湧流在她臉上。我們從心底發出對神的讚美,感謝神拯救了她!

張姐妹從中國來南非打工,後來和朋友一起經營成衣廠。她到了南非之後,跟人去佛堂拜,但也不知道拜的是什麼,認為有拜就有保佑。前幾個月,她生了重病,不會說英語也不懂得去哪裡找醫生。我們教會一位剛受洗的丁姐妹,任勞任怨的接送她去醫院看病與動手術,為她翻譯,總是安慰她,鼓勵她,替她身體康復禱告,勸她信耶穌,出院後帶她參加教會聚會。後來我們向她傳講福音,她就決志信主。

張姐妹的朋友那天也和她一起決志接受耶穌基督的救恩。侯姐妹也是從中國來。她和我們曾在別的城市相識。因著丁姐妹的邀請,她也來到教會。她本來居住的地方很不寧靜,常遭宵小,晚上都很害怕不能入睡。她決志那天我們一起同心為她居住的平安祈求神。隔週神就引領她搬到一間安全可住宿的小店。一次解決她的安全、房租和工作的問題。她對神的感謝和她的歡樂是可想像的。我們亦驚訝不已,神行事奇妙,祂是恩典的主。

我們因此增加了基本要道的課程為初信的信徒上課,有良好的真理根基才會有健康的靈性成長,請為她們的學習代禱。也請為前一批受洗信徒的課程學習及成長代禱。教會中有幾位弟兄姐妹有潛力服事的,我們另外以不同的研討輔助課程訓練他們,也請為這幾位弟兄姐妹代禱。

感謝主!兩個月來我們感到和開普敦教會的成員有更多良好的互動。在開普敦北區週三晚上原有的查經聚會之外,我們這個月在開普敦南區科里蒙 (Claremont) 增加了週日晚的一個查經小組。求神給我們有更多機會瞭解當地的需要,知道如何規劃事工。

代禱事項:

  1. 求主保守新近信主的三位姐妹,求主使她們的信心因為學習而繼續成長。
  2. 為參加不同課程的弟兄姐妹代禱,求主賜他們受教的心去學習。
  3. 請繼續為我們支援開普敦事工的服事代禱,求主使用我們融入事工、堅立信徒。
  4. 請繼續為各教會中的慕道友信主代禱。求主軟化他們驕傲的心,使他們明白需要被拯救。
  5. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零一七年二月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

God gave us three new Christians! They all came to know the Lord in different ways, but all because of Christian love and prayer intercessions.

Sister Ku’s sister has been evangelizing to her since she became a Christian more than 10 years ago.  The one who led her to Christ is also Sister Ku’s friend, and together they have been praying for her salvation.  However, Sister Ku had been a devoted Buddhist and attended all the activities of the local Buddhist temple.  She even purchased a very expensive idol from Taiwan and worshiped it at her home.  Whenever we chatted with her, we were not able to touch on the gospel because she would very politely but firmly reject it.  Even though she was blinded, God never gave up on her!  The Lord let her experience His power and mercy.  About two years ago, her daughter developed a depletion of blood platelets.  The medication did not seem to help, and she even needed to stay in the hospital for a spinal puncture.  It was draining for the whole family both physically and emotionally.  At one point, the blood platelets count was down to single digit.  Last December, her daughter had to do another blood test to determine if she needed to go to the hospital again.  At that point, Sister Ku’s heart was finally open to the Lord and cried out to Him for help.  God answered her prayer!  The result was good enough for her not to go through another spinal puncture.  (Her blood platelets count has since been steady within the normal range.)  She immediately told her sister and wanted to become a Christian and get rid of her idol.  That day, together with some church leaders, her sister and their friend, we went to her home to remove her idol and pray for her house and factory.  When she prayed to accept Christ, her tears kept running down her face.  We were truly in awe and praised God!

Sister Zhang first came to South Africa from China for employment.  Later she was able to start her own manufacturing factory.  Some of her friends had taken her to the Buddhist temple before, but she did not understand what she was doing.  She just thought that any god is better than no god.  A few months ago, she got really sick.  She did not speak much English and did not know where to find the right doctor.  One of the new Christians, Sister Ding, in our church knew of her situation.  She took the time to help her find the right doctor and accompanied her to all doctor visits to translate for her.  She also constantly encouraged her, comforted her, prayed for her and told her to rely on Jesus.  After her operation, our sister invited her to church.  Afterwards, we had a chance to share the gospel with her when we visited her in her factory.  She accepted Christ right away.

Sister Zhang’s friend, Sister Hau, also accepted Christ with her.  Sister Hau also came from China; we actually met her before in another city.  She was also invited by Sister Ding to come to church.  She used to live in a very unsafe flat, and her place had been broken in a few times.  She was so afraid at night that she was not able to sleep at all.  We prayed together for her and asked for God’s protection.  Within a week, she and her husband found a shop space with living quarters behind the shop.  The rent is not too much more than what they used to pay plus she now has a shop to make a living.  The way God solved her problem was way beyond what we could think of asking!  She is full of joy, and we are again truly amazed by God’s wondrous grace!

As a result, we added two new Basic Christianity classes for the new Christians (one for Sister Ku, another one for Sister Zhang and Sister Hau).  Please pray for them as faith can only grow on a solid truth foundation.  Please continue to pray for the on-going class for the recently baptized Christians that they may grow in knowledge and love.  We also started different classes to train those whom we believe have the heart and potential to serve.  Please pray for them as well.

Praise the Lord!  In the past two months, we were able to get acquainted with the brothers and sisters of the Cape Town church.  In addition to the regular Bible study on Wednesday night, this month we began a second Bible study on Sunday night in the southern part of the city (Claremont).  May God give us more opportunities to assess the needs in Cape Town and know how He wants us to serve in this community.

 

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for the three new Christians that the Lord will strengthen their faith through the study of His truth.
  2. Please pray for all the different classes that brothers and sisters are eager to learn and obey.
  3. Please continue to pray for the new ministry in Cape Town that we may be useful to the Lord in helping Christians to stand firm in their faith as well as outreaching to others in the Chinese community.
  4. Please pray for the seekers in all the churches. May the Lord soften their hearts to understand their need for salvation.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

非常感謝主,宣道會希伯崙堂短宣隊一行五人在剛過去的12月17-27日到紐卡索和伊港順利完成美好的服事,讓我們度過了一個愉快的聖誕。他們在紐卡索,有佈道會,探訪,講座,與信徒一起傳福音,帶領慕道者決志,信徒很渴慕和短宣隊一同配搭服事,獲益良多。他們在伊港也舉辦五天的兒童聖經班,共有約20位孩子出席。他們藉生動活潑的唱遊,故事,生命教育等活動,讓孩子們樂極忘返,念念不忘各位老師,還不時哼著老師們所教的詩歌,深信神的話已經進入了他們的心中,家長們很期望短宣隊都為孩子舉辦活動。求神繼續工作,使他們能認識神。在長者聚會中,我們也舉行了一個”健康講座”,他們也非常得益。聖誕節當天,崇拜後到鳥園燒烤,與大家一起歡度聖誕。

伊港兒童活動手工

伊港兒童活動手工

長者健康講座

長者健康講座

紐卡索教會聚會

紐卡索教會聚會

 

此外,希伯崙堂短宣隊也有很多難忘的經歷。平安夜的下午,當兒童活動結束後,我們立刻跑去醫院,探望一位當天在工廠內遇劫受傷的弟兄。該弟兄的脖子後面被刺十多刀,大量出血,他自己以為這一趟一定會喪命,卻親身經歷神的大能拯救,被送到醫院後,縫了十多針。竟然在縫針後立刻出院,各人都見証這真是神蹟,是神奇妙的恩典。我們陪他出院,他十分感動。我們一起親身經歷了特別的平安。經過一週後,該弟兄已康復。經歷這次意外,該弟兄的生命得改變,並願意把一生奉獻給主。

最近,中國國企”北汽”(北汽集團)正式在伊港設廠,開設投資項目,生產汽車,預計日後會有更多國內人員來伊港,加上”一汽”(中國第一汽車集團)幾年前已在伊港設廠,並已正式開始生產線。求神打開更多傳福音的門,讓我們能向更多華人分享福音。

今年1月27日至2月4日有香港懷恩浸信教會李國雄牧師和兩位姊妹,連同耀興福音堂的一位弟兄,一行四人,來伊港作短宣服事。在華人十分重視的春節期間,舉行”春節慶祝會”和”佈道主日”,還有一個”家庭講座”。求神使用他們的事奉,能帶給當地華人更多的祝福。願神使用短宣隊的事奉,同時激勵弟兄姊妹宣教的心志。

中文學校方面,我們預備在2月5日開始新學年,現時仍要物色新老師,求神預備。深信神的時間一定最合適。事實上,當地華人都十分支持中文學校的工作,求神使用,藉著這事奉能把人帶到神的面前。上周杜牧師被邀請出席開普頓中國領事館在伊港舉行的”歡度春節”晚宴,感謝神讓他有機會向總領事表達中文學校的需要。

柏廉已順利高中畢業,並於一月初回香港,報考大學。求神引導他的前路。

 

代禱事項:

  1. 為去年12月短宣隊順利完成感恩。求神繼續把宣教的心傳遞出去。
  2. 為意外中受傷的弟兄的康復和事奉心志祈禱。
  3. 為1月短宣隊的事奉祈禱,求神加添精神體力,讓各人能同心合意地事奉,榮耀歸給神。
  4. 為中文學校新一年的教學,2月開課。求神供應各方面的需要(老師),並使用家長福音工作。
  5. 為柏廉的前路祈禱,求神預備和供應各方面的需要。
  6. 我們2016年的宣教經費尚欠港幣52,750元,求主預備。

主僕
文瀚、玉潔偕
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹
(jesbento@fastmail.fm)
25/1/2017

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